Parliament adjourned as opposition seeks Krishna’s resignation

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till noon on Friday following uproar over opposition demand for resignation of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna for his alleged involvement in a mining scam.

As soon as Speaker Meira Kumar read out an obituary reference to the victims of Kolkata fire, BJP members rushed to the Well demanding Krishna’s resignation after Karnataka Lokayukta Police registered an FIR against him.

Congress members from Telangana region were seen waving banners and raising slogans for a separate state.

‘Fulfil your commitment,’ ‘Honour Telangana Sentiment,’ ‘Telangana is People’s Demand,’ ‘United Andhra is leader’s demand,’ ‘Two years too late,’ ‘Honour December 9, 2009 Promise’ read some of the banners waved the Congress members.

Amid din, the Speaker adjourned the House till noon.

On December 9, 2009, Home Minister P. Chidambaram had announced that the Centre would start the process of forming a separate Telangana state, pending the introduction and passage of a separate resolution in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.

Following the announcement TRS chief K. Chandrashekar Rao had ended his 11-day fast to press for a separate State.

However, nearly a fortnight later the Centre announced that no action would be taken on Telangana till a consensus was reached by all parties.

As the Rajya Sabha convened for the day, Opposition BJP trooped into the Well demanding Krishna’s resignation.

“Have shame! S.M. Krishna you resign…,” BJP members shouted slogans following which Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the House till 12 noon.

BJP member Venkaiah Naidu demanded suspension of the Question Hour to discuss the issue of FIR filed against Mr. Krishna.

He said the minister cannot continue in office and should be removed forthwith.

Mr. Naidu was joined by Naresh Chandra Agrawal (BSP), who also demanded a discussion on the issue.

The FIR was registered by the Lokayukta police following a private complaint by social activist and businessman, T.J. Abraham.

He alleged that as chief minister from 1999 to 2003, Mr. Krishna took decisions that facilitated illegal mining and did not protect the state’s forests.

On December 3, Lokayukta court judge N.K. Sudhindra Rao had directed the police to investigate the complaint.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2700946.ece

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